How do I reset Windows Update components in Windows 11/10? Perhaps you are looking for the answer to this question. Take it easy and you can find three effective ways to reset Windows Update components to fix the update problems. Now, let’s go on with this post from MiniTool.
Besides drivers and other security enhancements, Windows Update components are responsible for downloading and installing all the feature and quality updates. They are indispensable. However, sometimes the cache gets corrupted or some related services go wrong, Windows update issues appear.
Although there are many ways to fix the update problems, if you always run into update errors, you should reset Windows update to its default settings. If the Windows update fails to install, this will be quite useful.
Windows Update not working issue has different situations. Now, we summarize several effective solutions which can help you solve it easily.
Well then, how can you reset Windows Update components? This is an easy task and you can follow these methods below.
How to Reset Windows Update Components on Windows 11/10?
Run Windows Troubleshooter
In Windows 11/10, some useful snap-in troubleshooters can be used to fix several computer issues. Windows Update Troubleshooter can be used to fix update issues by resetting some components that need it.
Follow these steps to reset Windows Update components:
Step 1: Right-click the Start button and choose Settings from the context menu.
Step 2: Go to System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters.
Step 3: Locate Windows Update and click Run.
This troubleshooter will start scanning for any issues and fix them. Note that this way only resets Windows Update components when needed.
Run Command Prompt to Reset Windows Update Components
Resetting Windows Update components via Command Prompt is a time-consuming process but it is fairly effective. The process is a bit complicated and you should follow the guide below for this task.
Step 1: Launch Command Prompt in Windows 11/10 with admin privileges.
Step 2: Run these commands below to stop the BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service), Windows Update service, and Cryptographic service and press Enter after each command.
net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
net stop appidsvc
net stop cryptsvc
Step 3: Delete the qmgr*.dat files by typing this command - Del "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr*.dat" and press Enter.
Step 4: Rename the SoftwareDistribution and catroot2 folder by typing the commands below and press Enter.
Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak
Step 5: Run these commands to reset the BITS service and the Windows Update service, and then press Enter after each command.
sc.exe sdset bits D:(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;SY)(A;;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;BA)(A;;CCLCSWLOCRRC;;;AU)(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;PU)
sc.exe sdset wuauserv D:(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;SY)(A;;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;BA)(A;;CCLCSWLOCRRC;;;AU)(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;PU)
Step 6: Run this command - cd /d %windir%\system32.
Step 7: Type the following commands to re-register all the related BITS and Windows Update .dll files and press Enter after each line
Step 8: Launch Registry Editor, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\COMPONENTS and then delete some incorrect registry values including PendingXmlIdentifier, NextQueueEntryIndex, and AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving.
Step 9: Restart your computer and then open CMD as an administrator. Then, type the command - netsh winsock reset and press Enter to reset Winsock.
Step 10: Execute these commands below and press Enter after each one command to reset Windows update services:
net start bits
net start wuauserv
net start appidsvc
net start cryptsvc
Step 11: At last, reboot your computer to let all changes take effect.
That’s all the steps to reset Windows Update components in Windows 11/10. Just follow the detailed process to easily do this task when needed.